Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to help small businesses compete for federal government contracts passed out of the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday.It’s the first-term Camas Republican’s first bill to pass through a congressional committee. The proposal, named the “Small Business Opportunity Act of 2012,” would make changes within the Small Business Administration and allow small business advocates to get involved earlier in the federal contracting process.“This bill represents one more way that Congress can maximize the opportunities for America’s small businesses,” Herrera Beutler said in a news release. “I’m grateful to see the bipartisan support for this jobs bill continue to grow.”Herrera Beutler and Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader are the bill’s original sponsors; they introduced the legislation on Feb. 8.Currently, small business advocates are not included in the bidding process for federal contracts until just before the federal government releases a proposalrequest for the contract or a request for a price quote. Herrera Beutler’s bill would have small business advocates involved at the beginning of the planning process for a federal government contract.“The bill was written after studies showed that (procurement center representatives with the SBA) often get federal contracts at the last minute, and don’t have enough time making sure they’re written in a way that allows small businesses to compete for them,” Herrera Beutler’s spokesman, Casey Bowman, said Wednesday.
Emergency crews had little time off during Britain’s infamous Cheese Rolling Race on Monday, as daredevils racing after a round of Gloucester cheese tumbled their way to bruises, fractures, sprained ankles, and other injuries.Crazy footage shows the competitors, including one man in Supergirl costume, rolling, crashing, and flopping as they raced 600 feet down Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire in the UK.Organizers did not confirm the number of injuries, but images and video released showed a number of competitors receiving medical help, including one man who had to be transported down the hill in a stretcher. Another competitor appeared to have blood on his face and some missing teeth.Recent dry weather made the ground hard and fast for competitors, according to BBC News.An injured competitor is brought down the hill on a stretcher. (Photo Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Images via Getty Images)“It was better than last year when I knocked myself out,” Max McDougall, 22, who won the first men’s downhill race, told BBC.Four-time cheese-chasing winner Flo Early, 28, won this year’s women’s race — and immediately retired because of injury. She sprained her ankle.Participants tumble down Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire during the Cheese Rolling race. (Photo Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Images via Getty Images)“I’m done now, this is it, I’m retired,” she told the Independent. “I’m in pain with this ankle, it’s a sprain but it feels pretty uncomfortable.”Another men’s race winner, Ryan Fairley, 29, said, “My back does hurt a little bit but nothing that won’t sort itself out. I’ve got work tomorrow.”According to the BBC, the bizarre event has been celebrated for centuries and is thought to have its roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring.More on Geek.com:Watch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win RaceStudy: Cheese Tastes Different Based on What Music It Listens ToCostco Now Sells a Five-Tier Wedding Cake Made of Cheese Stay on target Watch: Hilarious T-Rex Race on Horse Track Goes ViralWatch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win Race